Western Currency Plant –Federal Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Located in Fort Worth, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing was the Federal Reserve’s first currency production plant west of the Mississippi River. The firm provided services for the massive 400,000-square-foot building, which also includes a vault, administrative office space, visitor’s center, and an enclosed quarter-mile elevated walkway over the production floor
Located in the Advanced Technology Center at Alliance Airport, this facility is the first of its kind in the United States for France-based Valeo Electronics. Master planned to be expanded to 120,000 square feet, the plant produces electronic circuit boards for the automotive industry in a highly automated fashion on a 24 hour/seven day basis.
Valeo Electronics - Toluca, Mexico
This major expansion and renovation of an automotive parts manufacturing facility consisted of a large clear span assembly area with an overhead crane track and extensive use of day lighting. Ventilation was provided by an evaporative cooling system. The existing offices and locker rooms were reorganized and fully remodeled while the plant remained in operation.
Ryder Logistics Command and Data Center
A freight management logistics command center and regional office for the national transportation company. This facility located within the Alliance Gateway development in north Fort Worth also doubles as the company’s national marketing center providing instantaneous freight status information displayed on 6 large format projection screens. The multi-purpose presentation room/boardroom extends a view of the 300-workstation command center through floor-to-ceiling glass and connects the facility to customers worldwide via dual video conference installations. The facility is planned to accommodate a 100% expansion on the existing site in response to the company’s projected expansion of the freight management business and consolidation of corporate functions to a centralized location.
ARH Facility – Bell Helicopter
The first phase of an assembly and flight test facility for the United States Army’s armed reconnaissance helicopter, this building design was on an aggressive schedule that began in December of 2005 with initial partial occupancy occurring in February 2007. In addition to hangar, assembly, office areas and a cafeteria in the building, a wash station and a paint booth are also provided and an existing three-story office building was integrated into the design of the new facility. A separate building provides storage for a variety of vehicles used on site including a fire truck.
V-22 Osprey Assembly – Bell Helicopter
This is the second building of the V-22 complex in Amarillo. Adjacent to the assembly bays on the ground floor are shops, materials storage areas, conference rooms and engineering offices. Above these spaces are two additional floors housing administrative, conference and engineering functions. The 502’ x 304’ building was designed for future expansion on both the south side and west end. There are multiple 10-ton and 20-ton bridge cranes in each of the 120’ wide, full-length assembly bays.
V-22 Osprey Hangar – Bell Helicopter
As originally planned, the V-22 Hangar expansion was to have provided hangar space for four additional V-22s. However, changes in the V-22 program required that space for six additional aircraft as well as additional shop and office space be provided. The design flexibility of the original hangar allowed this to be accomplished. Vertical lift hangar doors by Megadoor were again installed, due to Bell’s satisfaction with their performance in the original hangar.
Chemical Process Facility Alliance – Bell Helicopter
Bennett Benner Partners provided architectural services to Bell Helicopter Textron for the new Chemical Process Facility – Plant 1. The client wanted to replace and upgrade their existing etch and paint lines for new and replacement rotor blades. The new lines are housed in a 44,500-square-foot addition. Approximately half of the building area houses the automated etch process where chemical tanks, served by bridge cranes, remove oxidation to clean and prep the blades for painting.
Consolidation of blast, paint and wrap-and-pack operations are located in the balance of the building area. A non-destructive testing operation is also in the building. The scope also included an addition to the existing waste water treatment that was required to accommodate the larger etch line capacity. Site constraints required that all air handling equipment be located on platforms, with jib cranes, above the roof.
Heat Treat Facility – Bell Helicopter
We provided architectural services to Bell Helicopter Textron for an addition to the existing facility, providing new fabrication areas, a process plating area, offices and a quality control laboratory. The addition was designed in cooperation with the plating equipment manufacturer to provide a state-of-the-art manufacturing operation.
Integrated Pipeline (IPL) Pump Station – Tarrant Regional Water District
Bennett Benner Partners is currently providing architectural services for two booster pump stations as part of the IPL project. The stations, JB2 in Navarro County and JB3 in Ellis County each include a chemical facility. Due to the size and configuration of the large pumps and bridge crane, the buildings are very tall and long. The challenge with a building design for this type of facility is how to break the building into pieces that fit into the surrounding natural landscape and rural vernacular. To overcome this challenge, the team studied the materials, proportions and texture of barns and farm buildings and selected wood siding, corrugated metal wall panels, metal roof panels and rough masonry walls that reflect the indigenous materials.
The design, partially based on the idea that form follows function, breaks the building into two distinct pieces: the pump room and the electrical room. The large facades of the pump room structure explore texture and pattern that change throughout the day as the sun moves across the prairie. Patterns similar to vertical wood siding provide depth and character.